The Classical Tibetan|Tibetan
word '''''bardo''''' (བར་དོ་ Wylie: ''bar do'') means literally "intermediate state
"—also translated as "transitional state" or "in-between state" or "liminality|liminal state
". In Sanskrit
the concept has the name ''antarabhāva''. It is a concept which arose soon after the Buddha's passing, with a number of earlier Buddhist groups accepting the existence of such an intermediate state, while other schools rejected it.
Used loosely, the term "bardo" refers to the state of existence intermediate between two lives on earth. According to Tibet
an tradition, after death and before one's next birth, when one's consciousness is not connected with a physical body, one experiences a variety of phenomena. These usually follow a particular sequence of degeneration from, just after death, the clearest experiences of reality of which one is spirit
ually capable, and then proceeding to terrifying...